The R&A Men’s and Women’s Senior Championships were held concurrently at Royal Dornoch in Scotland.
The USGA and The R&A will investigate the potential impacts on hitting distance from increasing the ball test speeds for golf balls to reflect the clubhead speeds achieved by today’s longest hitters.
The number of total golfers globally has increased from 61 million to 66.6 million in a five-year growth period, surpassing the previous high mark of 61.6 million set in 2012.
This local rule is intended only for the highest levels of competitive golf and, even then, only for competitions where it is realistic for the committee to undertake an approval process for yardage books.
Brooke Henderson is one of the leading professionals that routinely uses a driver longer than 46″.
“We understand and value how important amateur status is for the millions of golfers at every age and skill level who enjoy competitive events at their home courses.”
Research topics include potential Local Rule and review of club and ball specifications to help mitigate continuing distance increases
Statement by the R&A about the Open Championship and AIG Women’s British Open scheduled for this summer.
This week the panel discusses the thrilling finish at the Open Championship between Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth; the 13th hole debacle; and picks the winner of the RBC Canadian Open.